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  • Trials and Celebrations

    Beth McClure on 31 May 2012 at 03:32 PM

    Lettuce takes on a starring role at Rosemoor this growing season. Whilst continuing to supply the restaurant with the first freshly harvested crops, the fruit and vegetable team have also been busy planting over 1000 lettuce plug plants that were grown from seed on the nursery. 

    Many of these formed part of the Rosemoor contribution to the RHS-wide trial of 45 different cos and gem lettuce cultivars.  Just one of 28 plant trials taking place in 2012/13 for the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM), the lettuce will be assessed on criteria such as size, colour, density, uniformity and disease resistance. Read More...

  • GAINING ON THE GASTROPODS by Garry Preston

    sheiladearing on 21 May 2012 at 02:36 PM

    Asparagus can be badly damaged by slugs. You first notice the damage when the spears appear to grow curved to one side. The slugs chew the tissue on one side of the spear causing it to grow distorted as the side opposite the damage continues to grow.


    At Rosemoor we use a number of methods to control slugs but one of the most effective on asparagus is a biological control using a nematode, sold as Nemaslug. This can be very effective providing the soil is wet enough for the nematodes to spread through the soil in search of food i.e. slugs. It does not work on snails.
    Because the nematodes require plenty of soil moisture to be effective we apply the solution in the rain, and when the next few days are also forecast wet – the wetter the better

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  • Aster La Vista Cotoneaster…by John Bridge

    sheiladearing on 21 May 2012 at 12:10 PM

    The overflow car park has served its purpose over the years but its appearance has become somewhat overgrown and congested. What with the many on-going projects and focus generally elsewhere in the up-keep of the garden, it’s been one of our least prioritised areas. There was a window of opportunity in early January to get the team together and get to grips with the area, work has since been on-going to get it back to a more manageable state.
    The pictures below show the various steps we took to restore order…


    A panned out view of the area, a beautiful selection of shrubs and trees but definitely room for improvement. Read More...